Italy vs Argentina Friendly 2013
Italy vs Argentina Preview:
Date: August 14, 2013;
Time: 7:45 PM BST;
Venue: Stadio Olimpico — Roma.
Sabella’s team will try to continue their unbeaten run against Italy. Both teams are in good shape ahead of Brazil 2014 WC Qualification and will try to make a show from this friendly game.
Great evening in Rome as the Stadio Olympico will see two top teams Argentina and Italy. Italy has played in Confederations Cup, while Argentina could be without their leader Lionel Messi.
Italy has a pretty difficult group in WC Qualification. They are standing ahead of Bulgaria, Denmark and Czech Republic after 6 games with 4 wins and 2 draws. The Azzurri were involved in Confederations Cup where they were beaten by Spain in semi-final on penalties. Their last 5 games have seen 3 wins and 2 defeats.
In the South America section WC Qualifying Argentina with has 7 wins, 5 draws and 1 defeat. Last five games they have finished with 2 wins and 3 draws. Argentina was unsure in their last 3 WCQ fixtures. Sabella’s team has drawn 1-1 away to Ecuador. Also, participation of Lionel Messi is under doubt, but he joined the squad. Alejandro Sabella has a squad of very good players. Argentina has struggled to decide the role of Messi, but Sabella seems have solved this problem. So Barcelona star helped his team to go into the World Cup Finals as one of the favourites, scoring 13 goals.
Argentina should prepare for their next WC qualifier game against Paraguay. The Albiceleste are undefeated in their last 3 matches with the Italian side. The last meeting Argentina has won 2-1 directly in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico in a friendly encounter in 2001. Argentina head coach called all the strongest players with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Erik Lamela.
Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has made one change to Italy’s squad by including Argentina-born forward Pablo Osvaldo. Prandelli also has chosen a familiar squad with Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo. Italy will prepare for busy World Cup qualifying matches with Bulgaria and Czech Republic in September before a trip to Denmark and a home clash against Armenia in October.
Italy last three matches:
Uruguay 2 – Italy 2;
Spain 0 – Italy 0;
Italy 2 – Brazil 4.
Argentina last three matches:
Guatemala 0 – Argentina 4;
Ecuador 1 – Argentina 1;
Argentina 0 – Colombia 0.